Q: What is the Lutheran view of Mary, mother of Jesus? I know that Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians view her as the “mother of God.” Since the human and divine natures of Jesus cannot be separated, does this this warrant us calling her the Mother of God or just “mother of Jesus”?
A: The Lutheran Church never abandoned the Christology confessed by the early Church. Therefore, it agrees with the Council of Ephesus in AD 431 that Mary is Theotokos (God-bearer). As I noted in an earlier column, “The Formula of Concord (1577) clearly states, ‘We believe, teach, and confess that Mary conceived and bore not a mere man and no more, but the true Son of God; therefore she also is rightly called and truly is the mother of God.’ (Epitome VIII)”
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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.
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